1. It’s fun! It sounds stressful and admittedly, sometimes it can be. But by preparing beforehand and letting some standards slightly slip (rustically chopped veg is still delicious!) then you can watch the wild glee in little Ava’s eyes as she maniacally mashes potatoes. Or watch the pride in Henry’s eyes as he sees his family eating the delicious spring rolls that he cooked for dinner. It’s fun family time that can be as stress free as you make it!
2. It’s giving them essential life skills. Just think, in 16 years time when they’ve moved into uni halls and their friends are living off super noodles, you can rest assured that your child will hopefully be avoiding scurvy because he’s grown up learning how to prepare tasty, healthy and cheap food. The snipping, chopping, mashing and grating that he learns with you will be skills he takes with him for life.
3. It’s not just cooking skills. We’re learning colours, shapes, increasing our motor skills and our vocabulary just from chopping up a squash or snipping some herbs. It’s an all rounder of an activity that is crucial for development.
4. It’s screen-free! Ok, so your morning was stressful. Cbeebies and Bing Bunny have babysat all morning whilst you attempted to chug down a lukewarm coffee and juggle life. We’ve all been there. Now dust yourself off, get in the kitchen with your little ones and bask in the warm glow as the parenting guilt slowly drifts away.
5. Fussy eaters be gone! Much like how they’ll eat from your plate but not from theirs, it’s a known fact that children will be more willing to try new foods if they’ve made it themselves. They may have lived on pesto pasta for the past month but now they’ve slaved over a hot stove (or watched you do it whilst they’ve chopped a carrot to within an inch of its life) then suddenly they’re eating. Actually eating. Yes that was three different vegetables you just saw them pop into their mouth. And you didn’t have to hide them in a sauce. This is your parenting highlight. Run with it. Bask in it. And hide the pesto before they remember it exists!